Forthcoming Network Meeting Practice Learning Sessions

Sean Haresnape, FRG
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Forthcoming Network Meeting Practice Learning Sessions

Postby Sean Haresnape, FRG » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:50 pm

The National FGC network: Practice learning sessions for the next two years.

As part of the current and continuing work to refine and support quality standards in the provision of FGC services, funded by the Department for Education, over the next two years Family Rights Group with the national network will be hosting a series of workshop/ seminars to examine specific areas of practice.
These workshops will be held as part of the quarterly network meetings and are intended to address some of the issues that have arisen from the evaluation of FGC services within the accreditation trial. They are intended to open up discussion within the network and to provide a forum to share good practice with the aim of developing clear practice guidance in relation to these areas of practice.
Learning from these workshops will feed into the revised FGC toolkit which will be published in Spring 2015.

SESSION 1: June 19th 2013 Midlands
Sean Haresnape; Policy Adviser
Deanna Edwards; Policy Adviser

How should we represent the views of family members resulting from the FGC: Developing guidance on writing family plans?
Exploring:
• What the audits of FGC services tell us about local practice in writing plans
• What should be the principles that guide how we write up plans
• How is this issue addressed in other countries
• Examine some examples of plans
• Opportunity for resource and practice sharing
• To take forward ideas in order to develop practice guidance


SESSION 2 September 19th 2013 Cambridge
Deanna Edwards; Policy Adviser
Bridget Lindley; Legal Adviser/Deputy CE FRG

Putting the child at the centre of the FGC
Exploring:
• What the audits of local services tell us about how children are represented in FGCs
• What should be the principles that guide how we involve children in FGCs
• What the research base tells us about how children are involved in FGCs
• An examination of international practice of this issue
• What do families and young people themselves say helps
• Opportunity for resource and practice sharing
• To take forward ideas to develop practice guidance
• Developing standards for advocacy in FGCs


SESSION 3 December 3rd 2013 London
Bridget Lindley; Legal Adviser/Deputy CE FRG
Sean Haresnape; Policy Adviser

How FGCs fit within the changing legal framework.
This workshop will support FGC services to anticipate reforms to the legal child welfare framework.
Exploring:
• including changes in child protection guidance and the new ‘working together’ guidance
• and working with changes in the family justice system
• We will examine good practice and available guidance developed by FRG and the national network
• There will be opportunity to problem solve some of the common challenges that working on the edge of legal proceedings can bring for FGC practice

SESSION 4 (to be arranged)
Information sharing in FGCs

Exploring:
• What do the audits of FGC services tell us about how information sharing is managed in local projects
• What are the principles that guide how we share information in FGCs
• What does national policy and guidance say about this issue
• An examination of international practice in how this issue is addressed in FGCs
• Opportunity for resource and practice sharing
• To take forward ideas to develop practice guidance

SESSION 5 (to be arranged)
Part 1: Getting local ‘buy in’ :Enhancing agency /stakeholder support to your FGC service
This session will explore stakeholder support to FGC services- how to ensure that key local agencies are on board with the principles of FGC practice.
Exploring:
• What do the audits of local FGC services tell us about how FGC services involve local agencies?
• What can we learn from how this issue is addressed in other countries
• How should we support commissioners of FGC services to ensure that they are setting up effective FGC services
• What expectations does OFSTED have of how local authorities provide FGC services
• Opportunity for resource and practice sharing
• Towards developing practice guidance in this area

Part 2: How FGCs can address the needs of marginalised communities
This workshop will consider how FGC projects and practitioners can effectively reach more marginalised families and consider some of the practice considerations
Exploring:
• Working with the ‘troubled families’ programme
• Working with parents in prisons;
• Working in a culturally sensitive way with black and minority ethnic families, including newly arrived immigrants and traveller communities
• And families where the teenager is on remand or beginning to engage in criminal peer-gang activity.
• Opportunity for resource and practice sharing

SESSION 6 (to be arranged)
Getting local ‘buy in’ : Enhancing service user involvement in your FGC how to ensure families are fully involved in FGC service development and service
Exploring:
• What does the audit of FGC services tell us about how this issue is being addressed
• What are the principles and benefits of involving service users in the development of FGC services
• What can we learn from how this issue is addressed in other countries
• Opportunity for resource and practice sharing
• Towards developing practice guidance in this area

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